Austin, Texas – The crushing of the coronavirus wave in El Paso has sent the city to send its non-Covid-19 cases to hospitals elsewhere in the state, and officials say it is straining health opportunities across the country.
El Paso confirmed 927 new Covid-19 cases and 22 new deaths on Wednesday, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler confirmed that hospitals in the Austin area are accepting coronavirus-free patients from congested Borderland hospitals.
Adler said El Paso was in a “world of pain” and that the numbers in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston were “scarier than ours, and our numbers are scary enough in themselves.”
“Currently, there are patients in our hospitals who do not have the virus, but need hospitalization, and they are from El Paso because there was no room,” Adler said.
State health officials said more than 7,800 Covid-19 patients were currently hospitalized, the most since early August and about twice as many as a month ago.
Officials in Harris County, where Houston is located, warned that the number of Covid-19 cases and related local hospitalizations was rising and the trends were similar to what the district saw just before June and July, when the county saw a big jump. in the cases that filled up hospitals.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, who criticized the state for the pandemic and its limitations on the ability of local jurisdictions to enforce rules during the crisis, said residents should demand more from all levels of government.
“That’s why we need the state to intervene and bring or get out of the way and let us lead,” she said.
“I am concerned about what is happening in El Paso, and I see that they do not have the opportunity to resort, that they have to withdraw these mobile morgues, that the hospitals are overloaded, stories of tragedy,” Hidalgo said. “I don’t want that to happen here, so we’re having this conversation to try to avoid this fate.”